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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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Pretentious Mythological Reflections

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The links below do not necessarily reflect our views on the Nag Hammadi Library or Gnosticism, but rather represent a serious effort to get a handle on both, which is made difficult by the fact that Gnostic writings are clearly part of a strategy to offer poor mystically reflective alternatives to the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. In other words, the contents of the Nag Hammadi Library are frankly weird, appealing arguably to fascinated scholars and undiscerning people who are taken in by the antiquity of these works, which in the days of the early church patriarchs were rejected as heresies and forgeries. These codices were found in Egypt in a clay jar beneath a dung pile by a man named Muhammad Ali. Seriously. Arguably, only heretics who have no discernment or knowledge of the canon and what makes canonical works valid will find these writings appealing and worth seriously reading for the purpose of personal illumination. That, of course, is our biased opinion. Gnosticism, which grew out of neo-Platonic philosophies and polytheistic worship (Jesus plus Serapis, i.e., a reconstituted version of Osiris) in Egypt, is used today by those with an ax to grind against established religious doctrine, with more and more success, perhaps not surprisingly. The secret Gnostic “gospels,” for example, are not accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus, but rather rambling esoteric material which, in a nutshell, offer alternative explanations of creation and the nature of good and evil. We contend that this collection of works and the modern movement it has spawned have a nihilistic intent, although receptive readers of the Gnostic writings today may not consciously or purposefully admit it. Does that make any sense? In other words, fools rush in …  

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